The Weekly Round Up: Fall Twist Collective, knitting for black liberation and more

It’s been an interesting week! Here’s what caught my eye in the fibre world over the last 7 days.

Knitters 4 the World

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If you’ve ever knit in public, you may know how knitting can start conversations between two people that otherwise might never have spoken to one another. After the protests in Ferguson last year sparked a focus on policing in the US, The Yarn Mission was founded to continue the dialogue on race and police brutality. As a group they state their goal:

“use yarn to promote action and change to eradicate racism, sexism, and other systems of oppression.”

In a society where black women are often viewed as invisible, Taylor Payne says “knitting makes people stop and have a conversation with you. If someone asks me what I’m doing, I say, ‘I’m knitting for black liberation.” My personal admiration and congratulations, ladies. Keep up the great work.

Freshly Plucked Knitting Publications

This week *deep breaths* the Fall 2015 Twist Collective was released.
Screen Shot 2015-08-08 at 8.49.21 AMThis issue celebrates 7 years of the twist collective. I’m a relatively new reader of the publication itself, but it’s quickly become one of my absolute favourites. Especially in the Fall issue, it’s 2 parts inspiring, 1 part cozy, 1 part I-want-to-crawl-into-the-pages-and-live-here. I won’t post any spoiler photos, but go. read. love.

Knitting News From Around the Net

This week Ysolda Teague interviewed Susan Crawford about her extraordinary Vintage Shetland Project which is a culmination of years of research into early 20th Century knitting in Shetland. Be sure to check it out!

What’s New with Queue?

My newest pattern crush is the Campside Cardi by Alicia Plummer. I mean look at it. Gor-ge-ous. Hopefully it’s something I’ll get to making this fall.

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Photo (c) Alicia Plummer 

Random Things I Did This Week

My brief foray into hair tutorials was done mostly for laughs, but if you are looking for a no-heat, no pain way to curl your hair overnight ragcurls are where it’s at. Caution: sass ahead.

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Step 1: wash your hair with some old anti-dandruff shampoo you found in the bathroom drawer. Aggressively towel dry it until you are bored. Contemplate the fact that you look closer to 16 than 24 while simultaneously wrangling your phone into taking a selfie.
Step 2: twist your hair up in rags that have been cut from your favourite childhood pj’s. Make dorky faces at yourself.
Step 3: go to sleep, with the lights on for some reason.
Step 4: undo the rags. Rock your new fragile curly hair. Beware humidity, for it is now your greatest and most powerful enemy.

Also this week I moved my things from my old apartment that I used to share with my boyfriend (sad) as well as belongings from  my temporary living situation for July all into my new place! My family and I were greeted with banana bread, help moving boxes, and cups of tea. Even the old tenant left me a message on the fridge to make me feel welcome.

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Follow me on Instagram for more stunning fridge magnet photography 😉 

I rearranged them to form a delta sign (delta, delta! Change is good!) and a heart. In the words of the little orphan Annie:

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